The Lebron and Kyrie Show again in Game 6?


The Lebron and Kyrie Show took over  DubNation in Game 5. Can they do the same in Game 6?

The question of just how important Draymond Green has been to the success of the Golden State Warriors over the last couple of years was answered emphatically in his Game 5 absence. And the persons responsible for that emphatic answer were none other than Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. The duo put on a performance we’ve never seen before in the NBA Finals. Quite simply, they put on a show. The Lebron and Kyrie Show.

The 40/40 Club

Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club is a pretty exclusive sports bar and lounge in New York City. That club is named after the exclusive club of four baseball players (Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, A-Rod, and Alfonso Soriano) that accumulated 40 or more homeruns and 40 or more stolen bases in one particular MLB season. The 40/40 Club Lebron and Kyrie joined in their Game 5 for the ages is currently exclusive to only them. That’s how special their performance was. Lebron’s 41 point, 16 rebound, 7 assist effort, and Kyrie’s 41 points 5 assists were the first time in NBA Finals history that two players from the same team scored 40 points in a game. But, it begs the question, especially on the part of Lebron as to why did he wait until Game 5 to be more aggressive offensively?

About time Lebron

A big part of that answer is simple. He didn’t have Draymond Green to deal with. Green, was serving a one game suspension for accumulating too many technical fouls over the season, after the NBA determined over the weekend that he deserved a technical foul when he and Lebron tangled up and then had words in Game 4. A controversial ruling by the NBA to say the least. Green, has defended James a great deal throughout the course of the series, and done so with great success. But, so has reigning Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, who started Game 5 in Green’s absence. Just how much of that success was Lebron’s fault for not being more aggressive in Games one through four? Evidently, a lot. Despite leading the Cavs in scoring this series, James has looked confused and unsure of himself.  Especially so on his jump shot. Of course, an elimination game can change a player’s approach very quickly. That coupled with Green’s absence made for a ‘perfect storm’. In Game 5, his jumper was working in rare form. The Warriors dared him to shoot those jumpers as they have this entire series. Lebron finally made them pay.

Twitter reaction

Magic Johnson was impressed.

So were some ESPN personalities, current and past.

Even supreme Lebron hater, Skip Bayless

Even high praise from the Dubs side. Warriors good looking sideline reporter, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

Too little too late?

Despite the 38-point effort by Steph Curry and the 25 points added by Klay Thompson in Game 4, deep in the 3rd quarter the Cavs were still right there. Then, something happened.  The Cavs went cold, they stopped defending, and the Warriors took advantage. If the Cavs go on to lose this series, they’ll forever kick themselves for letting Game 4 get away from them on their home court. No team has ever come back from down 3 games to one in NBA Finals history. The Dubs, namely Draymond Green have left the door open for the Cavs to walk in and steal this series. And now Andrew Bogut is out for the rest of the series after suffering a knee injury in Game 5. For Cleveland to pull it off though, they’ll need more performances like Monday night. Kyrie Irving is capable of putting up those type numbers on a nightly basis. A big reason for that is because Steph Curry will have to defend him quite a bit. It’s been an adventure to say the least, for Curry to stick with him. So, seeing Irving score 30-plus over the next two games won’t surprise anyone. It won’t necessarily be a surprise if Lebron is able to score in the 30-point range either. It’s just going to be a lot more difficult against Green and Iguodala. This means the Cavs’ role players are going to have to step up as well. We all know that Kevin Love and J.R. Smith are capable of big numbers. But, just as it started with Lebron and Kyrie on Monday night, it’s going to have to end with them tonight in Game 6 and possibly Sunday for Game 7. We’ve waited for a quite a while to see these two to be dynamic together on a huge stage, and we finally got it this past Monday night.

It’s Game 6 In ‘The Land’

If the Lebron and Kyrie Show can repeat their Game 5 performance, starting tonight in Game 6 and win this series, it will go down as one of the most epic comebacks in sports history. Right up there with the Boston Red Sox’ comeback from 3-0 down to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. A comeback like that would do wonders for the legacy of Lebron James, which quite frankly would have taken a huge hit if the Cavs had lost Game 5. Just another reason why Lebron and Kyrie’s performance on Monday night was so incredible. Everything was on the line. The NBA Title, getting that elusive title for the city of Cleveland, Lebron’s Legacy, etc, etc, etc. Now, can they do it again in Game 6 and get us all to Game 7?

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